Dear Cat Lovers,
Time sure flies when you’re on an emotional roller coaster, doesn’t it? Days streak by….we’re busy taking care of the kittens and cats, which is fun and satisfying. It’s a nice amount of busy-ness, and calming, all at the same time. We keep the kitties fed and clean, which is a never-ending cycle, and occasionally welcome folks into our world, to visit with the kittens and cats and maybe take one or more home for themselves. Despite its challenges, life is good. If you’re feeling stressed or blue, consider a visit to The Cat Club. It always makes our visitors feel better.
We have adopted out about 30 kittens in the last little while, which is great. We currently have the “B’s” on offer. They are a litter of kittens with names starting with the letter B. That way, we know who are siblings and can recommend a companion if the adopters want more than one kitten, which we encourage. The mascot of the “B’s” is BatCat, who weighs about 10 ounces and has ears has big as his head. It’s hard to realize that he is not a tiny kitten; he has a full set of teeth! He is obviously the runt of the litter but is so cute! Seems like the smaller the kitten, the bigger the attitude. BatCat does not slow down! He climbs (but sometimes has to be rescued from the heights that he gets to. He cries piteously to be brought down again), he runs, he leaps…he sleeps…and repeats! We’ve started bottle feeding him, which he makes clear he does not need. He’s a big boy! He doesn’t drink from a bottle. Well…..maybe, a little. We’re trying to put some meat on his tiny little skeleton. He came in already eating kibble, but I think that might have been a survival strategy, if nothing else was available. You should come by and see BatCat and his 5 black siblings, who are all tiny, but none as tiny as BatCat. Rock on, little guys!
In addition to our adoptions, we have been seeing some visitors to The Cat Club, and we REALLY appreciate everyone’s support. Sometime we get discouraged and scared that we can’t keep the doors open, but folks keep calling pretty steadily for appointments, which always elevates our spirits. Visits are great, and adoptions really make us feel like we’re doing something worthwhile. Thanks to everyone who has called, stopped by, donated, and/or adopted one or more kittens or cats. We’re still trying to find our way in this new world of ours.
One thing we’d like to start doing is take in owned cats (owner surrenders, in shelter parlance) that need to be rehomed. We have received calls for this since we opened but have opted to not offer this service, until now. This is how it would work: you would call us and say that you need to rehome Fluffy. Our requirements would be that the cat be current on his or her shots, cat-friendly, people-friendly (no cats from hell or ferals; sorry), spayed or neutered and microchipped. You would make a donation to The Cat Club at least equal to the adoption fee, which is currently $100. We would come to meet your cat wherever s/he stays, and assuming that goes well, we would bring him or her here for a trial visit. If s/he can’t adapt to our environment within a week, the agreement would be that you will take him or her back.
Assuming all goes well, we would take him or her in and offer him or her for adoption to our guests looking for a new family member. You would be able to rest assured that we would find a good home for your companion, and that the new owner will be screened as carefully as the cat was.
I know these are a lot of requirements, and I wish that we didn’t have to make it so hard, but we don’t want to warehouse animals; we want to offer well-socialized, friendly cats to our community, which is what they have come to expect, and get them a new home with one of our other caring members, making more room for another cat at The Cat Club.
Along those lines, we currently have a few cats for whom this environment has not worked. They constantly hide, and we think they would do better in foster homes, where we could see how they would do in a more natural environment. After all, while our set up is great and lots of fun for a lot of cats, it’s not exactly natural for them to live so close to so many other unrelated cats, and some just can’t adapt. They may just be naturally shy, or have had bad experiences with other cats. In a family with maybe none or one other cat, these cats might settle down, and learn to enjoy life a little more. If you would be willing to be a foster to one of them, please let us know.
If we could tell adopters with any sense of certainty that Orange Gangster, for instance, blossoms in a family environment, it would definitely make it easier to get her adopted. (OG came with a litter of 5 kittens, whom she promptly abandoned and she has since been hiding in the closet. She only comes out at night, sometimes. She is a beautiful orange tabby and for the time when she was with her kittens, she was incredibly sweet and attention-starved. Now: not so much.) Let us know if you’d like to take on one of these cats. The others are Mystique and Journey, both of whom have been with us for a while.
So, since our short-term-rental cottage is now rented out long-term due to the slowdown of tourism, we have to find ways to make up the lost income. (As we all know by now, STR’s, when they’re booked, demand more rent than long-term rentals.) Rehoming owned cats could definitely be one of those income streams, as well as more adoptions in general. (By the way, in case you missed it in an earlier newsletter, we’d still like to refinance our loan. If you or someone you know would like to make 6% interest on a mortgage collateralized by our buildings here at The Cat Club, which are worth at least twice what we owe on them, we would LOVE to talk to you about that. It would be a win-win. If our mortgage payment was lower due to a more reasonable loan, we’d have a better chance of making it financially and be able to stay open. Just sayin’…)
So…back to the adoptions. The shelters are still not really open for adoptions, and our environment is a lot friendlier, anyway, for getting to meet and know a cat or kitten before adopting it. Rehoming cats is our mission, and we’re asking that you and anyone you influence come to us when you’re thinking of adopting a cat or kitten. You will be supporting a (very) local (very) small business and helping us keep the doors open and the cats fed.
BTW, if you can think of any other services that we could offer that are not being addressed in NOLA, please feel free to make suggestions. One we’ve talked about is boarding cats when you travel or are otherwise unavailable. We have offered this service to cats who were adopted from here on an ad hoc basis. Perhaps there is a need for other cats to be boarded?
Another is taking reservations for space in our CatMobile in case we get hit by a storm. Maybe you travel a lot and want to be sure your cat will be cared for and evacuated in a caring, safe way if you can’t get back to do it yourself. We have retrofitted a small trailer with A/C and kennels for 36 cats. We usually only have about 20 cats ourselves, so the remaining space could be booked, sort of like insurance.
Having said all that, we WILL be closed the first two weeks in August. (That’s the only time we’ll closed during Hurricane Season this year). We usually close in August, although so far it’s been at the end of the month, but this year is weird in a lot of ways! Of course, the cats will be well-cared for, as always, by our crew of terrific volunteers, but we will not be opening for visits or adoptions. So! That means you need to get in here within the next 2 weeks to reserve one of the “B” kittens (they will be ready for pick-up around the end of August. Like I said, they’re tiny!) Or to pick up one of our foster kitties for a try. Or just come to visit with the little munchkins. They like to play with all of our visitors.
The other cats available for adoption are: Tirzah, who is a shy black female adolescent; the B kittens; Romeo, a black DSH adolescent; Daisy, a large black female (who has been fostered before, and actually does do better in a home); Journey, Mystique and OG, who were mentioned elsewhere in this letter; Ivy, Iggy and Iris, 3 siblings, all black DSH’s. If you notice a pattern, you’re right: this year has been a big majority of black cats. And as you may know, they are statistically less likely to get adopted than any other color, so if you’re contemplating a new addition to your family, we’ve got you covered.
BTW, in case you haven’t noticed, we are open 7 days a week now, by appointment. We ask that folks wear masks and sanitize on their way in, and we only allow one party in at a time, to make this a fun, safe, calm respite from the rest of what’s going on in the world: our little feline oasis. Of course, children are still welcome and encouraged. They always have a great time here.
Thanks for your interest and support. We’d love to hear from you. Keep safe and cool. Give your cat(s) a kiss from us. All the best.
From: Eshyah and all the volunteers and cats and kittens at The Crescent City Cat Club.